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Monday, 29 February 2016

US Navy Completes Engineered Refueling Overhaul for Ohio-class SSBN USS Maryland

Norfolk Naval Shipyard successfully completed USS Maryland’s (SSBN 738) engineered refueling overhaul (ERO) Feb. 24. EROs are complex, major shipyard availabilities that extend a submarine’s service life. In addition to being refueled, nearly all of ships systems were overhauled or modernized. Modernization work included replacement of distilling plants with a reverse osmosis unit, installation of an upgraded 500 kilowatt motor generator, electric power plant work, and LAN upgrades.

3rd Astute Class SSN Submarine HMS Artful Fires 1st Torpedo Using New Common Combat System

The Royal Navy’s latest and most advanced Astute class submarine, Artful, has test fired her first torpedo using a new Common Combat System designed and integrated by our Submarines business.

BAE Systems to Provide Ultra Wideband Sensor Capability to U.S. Navy

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded BAE Systems an $11 million contract to develop next-generation electronic warfare (EW) technology that will quickly detect, locate, and identify sources of radio frequency signals. Known as the Full-Spectrum Staring Receiver (FSSR), this technology will enable near-instantaneous battlespace situational awareness, emitter tracking, threat warning, and countermeasure cueing. Conventional threat warning systems are not able to deliver the high level of coverage and responsiveness that FSSR will provide. 

Rolls-Royce delivered first T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade kits for USAF's C-130H fleet

Rolls-Royce has delivered the first T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade kits to the US Air Force as the service introduces the improvements to its C-130H transport fleet. The Series 3.5 engine upgrade kits are already demonstrating success in a Hurricane Hunter WP-3D aircraft of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with fuel savings exceeding 12 percent and improved range and payload capability. 
A US Air Force's C-130H Hercules
(Credit: Rolls-Royce plc)
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Russian tank T-90 can defeat most of modern anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM)

The T-90 main battle tank`s (MBT) protection package, which comprises both combined armour plates and Kontakt-5 (Contact V) explosive reactive armour (ERA) can defeat most of modern anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), according to the UralVagonZavod`s (UVZ) Deputy Director General, Vyacheslav Khalitov.
Russian-made T-90S main battle tank in Latakia, Syria. (Source: Twitter @FPaidinfull)

Troya Tech Defense has developed the Ninox Night Vision Binocular for Special Forces market

Troya Tech Defense Ltd., an Israeli manufacturer of Electro-Optical devices and Defense equipment, has developed the NINOX Night Vision Binocular, thus entering a new niche market, the Special Forces drivers and operatives.
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Royal Thai Army to consider buying arms from Russia including T-90 tanks

Thailand is pursuing closer ties – and possible arms deals, particularly tanks – with Russia following the Moscow visit of Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, an army source reported.
Russian-made T-90 main battle tank (MBT)
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Army Recognition appointed by MSPO 2016 as Official Foreign Show Daily News & Web TV

Army Recognition is proud to announce its selection as Official Official Foreign Online Show Daily News and Web TV for MSPO 2016, the third-largest Defense exhibition which will be held from the 6 - 9 September 2016 in Targi kielce, Poland. The organizers of MSPO 2016 understood the interest to use the notoriety and the popularity of Army Recognition online Defence & Security magazine to spread all activities of the event and to provide the exhibitors with a global online window in parallel with MSPO 2016 exhibition about the latest defence and security technologies and innovations.
Army Recognition is Official Foreign Online Show Daily News and Official Web TV for MSPO 2016, Poland International Defence Exhibition & Conference.
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Harris, Rockwell Collins and General Dynamics to supply Manpack radios to US army

Harris Corp., Rockwell Collins Inc. and General Dynamics were awarded a $12,7 billion multiple task order contract for Manpack radios, accessories, and related services for the US Army.
Harris Falcon II® AN/PRC-150(C) advanced HF radio

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Russian Armed Forces to test Armata-based tanks and Infantry fighting vehicles

A test batch of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles based on the Armata heavy tracked standardized combat platform will undergo operational trials in 2016-2017, Deputy CEO of Uralvagonzavod armor producer Vyacheslav Khalitov said on Monday.

T-15 heavy infantry fighting vehicle based on the Armata combat platform
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Russian Navy Pacific Fleet to Deploy Four Borei-class SSBNs in 2020s

Russian Navy`s Pacific Fleet will deploy four Project 955/955A (NATO reporting name: Borei-class or Dolgorukiy-class) ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) in the 2020s, according to a Russian defense industry source. The source pointed out, that K-550 'Alexander Nevsky' and K-551 'Vladimir Monomakh' submarines would be complemented by two upgraded Borei-class SSBNs (Project 955A).

Russia continues to be the largest arms supplier to India with a total of $5 billion in the last 3 years

Russia continues to be the largest arms supplier to India with a total value of agreements exceeding 340 billion rupees (more than $5 billion) over the past three years, the Indian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday, February 29, 2016.
Indian army soldiers ride on Russian-made T-72 tanks on Rajpath during the main Republic Day parade in New Delhi, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer 
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USAF deploys B-52 Stratofortress bombers in Europe for Cold Respons 2016

B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana arrived in Europe Saturday, Feb. 27, in preparation for their participation in a large-scale NATO training exercise, the USAF in Europe announces on its website. 
A B-52 Stratofortress arriving at MorĂ³n Air Base, Spain, deploys a drogue parachute to slow itself after landing, Feb. 27, 2016
(Credit: USAF/Senior Airman Joseph Raatz)
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Israel awards Merkavim a $27 million contract for armored buses

Israel recently requested from the Merkavim factory 71 bullet resistant vehicles for a total amount of $27 million, due to the continued wave of terrorism in the West Bank and renewed shooting attacks. This is the largest transaction for the purchase of bullet-resistant buses ever in Israel.
The Merkavim Mars defender armored bus' protection protection can block 7.62 mm caliber, grenades and explosive charges (Picture : Merkavim)
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NATO Strengthens its Anti-Submarine Warfare Skills with Exercise Dynamic Manta in Italy

NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2016 (DYMA 16) began one week ago off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 8 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training. 

Eastern Military district of Russia will perform first exercise with new Iskander-M ballistic missile

The missile formation of Russia’s Eastern Military District in the Republic of Buryatia (Siberia) has been alerted for a tactical exercise, the district spokesman Colonel Alexander Gordeyev told reporters on Monday, February 29, 2016. According to him, it is the first exercise involving the formation after it received the Iskander-M tactical missile systems in 2015.
Russian army Iskander-M ballistic missile
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First of Two German built MEKO A-200 AN Frigate Commissioned with Algerian Navy

The first of two MEKO Frigates built by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel was officially commissioned on February 23 2016. The vessel nammed Harrad (meaning Detterent) was launched in early December 2014. Algeria ordered two frigates (with an option for two more) in March 2012. It is reported that the ship is due to arrive in Oran in Algeria in May 2016.

Croatia's Parliament approves purchase of 16 OH-58D Kiowa helicopters

The Defence Committee of the Croatian Parliament approved the procurement of 16 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout armed helicopters for a total amount of $40.94mn, the Croatian Defense Ministry website announced on Feb. 25, 2016. 
Two Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters
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British military advisers deployed to Libya to build groups to fight Isil

According to The New Indian Express, Britain has discreetly deployed military advisers to Libya in order to build an army to fight Islamic State group in the country, has been told.
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Casspir mine protected vehicle has been expanded to accommodate more firepower

The versatility and range of Denel’s Casspir mine-protected vehicles has been expanded to accommodate the firepower requirements of different clients. This will attract the interest of defence clients looking for a versatile and cost-effective family of mine-resistant vehicles.
Casspir 2000NG 4x4 mine protected vehicle
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Russia about to start upgrading first Il-78 tanker aircraft

The first Ilyushin Il-78 (NATO reporting name: Midas) refueling tanker in service with Russia’s Aerospace Force will start undergoing upgrade in March, chief designer of the Il-76 aircraft Andrei Yurasov said on Monday. "We expect the Il-78 refueling tanker to arrive for its upgrade next month," he said. 
A RuAF Il-78 Midas aerial tanker aircraft
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Australia's Latest White Paper Prioritizes Naval Forces with Submarines Frigates Destroyers & MPAs

Australia unveiled its latest defense white paper, the third one in seven years. The Australian government has announced its plans to spend an additional 29.9 billion Australian Dollars on defence over the next decade. A majority of this investment will be for the Royal Australian Navy, in a move to answer China's military rapid expansion as well as rising tensions in South East Asia.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Japan will sign an accord with Philippines to supply military equipment 

Japan will sign an accord with the Philippines to allow Tokyo to supply military equipment to Philippines, the first such Japanese defense pact in the region. A senior Philippine security official said the new pact will pave the way for Japan to sell new military hardware, transfer defense technology, donate used military equipment or provide defense training to Filipino forces.
Japanese defense industry at Eurosatory 2014, defense exhibition in Paris, France.
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Russian Navy Looking at Ways to Reduce the Crew Size of its Nuclear Submarines

Russian military leaders are pondering the feasibility of nuclear-powered submarines with their crews sharply reduced owing to onboard systems automation, a source in defense industry told TASS on Friday. Ships like that - Project 705 and 705K Lira-class (NATO reporting name: Alfa-class) torpedo submarines - used to be built in the Soviet Union. Their high performance were owing to the numerous original solutions they embodied. Their automated nuclear reactor and armament control systems both allowed a crew reduction and yielded a wealth of experience in shipborne electronics development. 

Australia could launch its own military satellites to observe military movement in Asia-Pacific

Australia is thinking of launching military satellites into space to observe military movement in the Asia-Pacific. Australian Defence Force is considering this bold initiative. Australia is ready to use money on enhanced satellite imagery capability, space awareness systems and radars. The naval communications station will carry a US space surveillance telescope as well.
Military satellites provide U.S. armed forces with greater bandwidth to reliably and securely transmit critical data.
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Saturday, 27 February 2016

The U.S. Army's S&T effort is committed to pursuing high-energy laser weapons

The U.S. Army's S&T (Science and Technology) effort is committed to pursuing high-energy lasers, said Mary J. Miller, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Research and Technology. That effort has been used in an analysis of alternatives for the Indirect Fire Protection Capability program of record.
The Sodium Guidestar at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Starfire Optical Range resides on a 6,240 foot hilltop at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. The Army and Navy is developing its own laser weapons systems. (Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo)
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Video MSPO 2016 International Defence Industry Exhibition Kielce Poland review 2015 Army Recognition TV

For the first few September days, the Kielce's International Defence Industry Exhibition becomes the world's defence centre. The Europe's third-largest military exhibition is also ranked among the globe's most important defense industry events. The trade show is held in Targi Kielce from 6 to 9 September 2016; this will be the showcase for first-time presentations of military equipment and cutting-edge technologies.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Belarus and Kazakhstan will show latest innovations of military equipment at Army-2016 in Russia

Belarus and Kazakhstan will offer their expositions at the Army 2016 international military and technical forum for the first time, Alexander Mironov, head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Main Department for Research and Advanced Technology Support, said on Friday, February 26, 2016.
Belarus trucks VOLAT at Army-2015 defense exhibition near Moscow, Russia.
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Israel has delivered 20 EXTRA surface-to-surface guided rockets to Vietnam for coastal defence.

According the latest SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) data of 2015, Israel has delivered 20 EXTRA Guided rocket SSM (Surface-to-Surface) to the Vietnamese armed forces to be used for coastal defence. 
Israeli EXTRA surface-to-surface guided rocket mounted on KRaZ truck at military parade in Vietnam
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Fighter aircrafts F-15 from Saudi Arabia arrived in Turkey to join air campaign against ISIL in Syria.

Saudi fighter aircrafts F-15 arrived on Friday, February 26, 2016, at a Turkish base to join the air campaign against Islamic State jihadists in Syria only hours before a ceasefire is to take force, local media reported. Four F-15 jets landed at Incirlik air base in the Adana province in southern Turkey, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.
F-15 fighter aircraft of Royal Saudi Air Force 
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Japan Will Soon Launch Replacement Program for JMSDF 3 Towada class Replenishment Oilers

The Japanese Minister of Defense should soon launch a new replenishement oiler program to replace the three Towada class replenishment ships. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Towada, Tokiwa and Hamana were ordered in the 1980ies and commissioned in 1987 and 1990.

Deployable laboratory JDEAL is ready for deployment to operations to counter-IED threats

The Joint Deployable Exploitation and Analysis Laboratory (JDEAL) was delivered to Soesterberg, the Netherlands at end of last week. The deployable laboratory was financed through the European Defence Agency and is now ready for deployment to operations to counter-IED threats on the request of the JDEAL Contributing Members.
The Joint Deployable Exploitation and Analysis Laboratory (JDEAL). Source: European Defence Agency 

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Aselsan and Taqnia to form defense electronics joint venture in Saudi Arabia

Aselsan, a Turkish Armed Forces Foundation company, and Taqnia Defense and Security Technologies, a subsidiary of Saudi Development and Investment Company have signed a joint venture agreement to form a defense electronics business in Saudi Arabia.
The joint venture company will establish a facility for the design, development, manufacturing and sales of radar, electronic warfare and electro-optic technologies (Photo Aselsan)
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US Air Force's LRS-B Becomes the B-21

The United States Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James revealed the first rendering of the Long Range Strike Bomber, designated the B-21, at the US Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 26 in Orlando, Fla., and announced the Air Force will be taking suggestions from Airmen to help decide the name of the bomber. 
An artist rendering of USAF's future B-21 long range strike bomber 
(Credit: USAF)
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Be part of ADEX 2016 the most awaited defense exhibition in the Caspian region.

ADEX, Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition is a 4 day event being held from 27th September to the 30th September 2016 at the Baku Expo Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. This event showcases products like idea to create a military exhibition was born out of the successes of the defence industry in recent years etc. in the Industrial Products industry. ADEX exhibition is a new impetus for international cooperation in this area and is a major contributor to the competitiveness of Azerbaijani military products to the world market.
ADEX 2nd Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition
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United Instrument-Manufacturing Corporation to produce upgraded R-168-25U digital radio stations

The United Instrument-Manufacturing Corporation, part of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec, will start producing upgraded R-168-25U digital radio stations in 2016, the corporation’s press office said on Friday. The upgraded R-168-25U digital radio station will allow transmitting data eight times faster, the press office added.
R-168-25U digital radio stations
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India produced 290 under licensed T-90S main battle tanks in 2015

As of late 2015, India produced about 290 T-90S main battle tanks (MBT) under license provided by Russia, according to the Stockolm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) arms transfer database.
T-90S Bhishma main battle tank (MBT) of Indian Army
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Saudi Air Force's F-15S fighter jets landed in Turkey's Incirlik Air Base

Four F-15S fighter jets from the Royal Saudi Air Force arrived Friday in Turkey's Incirlik Air Base in southern Adana province, according to the Turkish news agency Anadolu. Undersecretary of the Saudi Defense Ministry, Ahmad al-Asiri has confirmed the landing, added Anadolu. 
Four RSAF F-15S fighter jets reportedly landed in Turkey today, Feb. 26, 2016
(Source: Twitter)
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US Air Force test-fires its second Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile in a week

The US Air Force test-fired its second Minuteman III missile in a week on Thursday night. The unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 11:01 p.m. PST at USAF Vandernberg air base. 
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 11:01 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.
(Credit: USAF/Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley)
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Successful Test Campaign of the Self Protection Suite of the Norwegian NH90

NHI successfully completed the test campaign of the self-protection suite of the Norwegian NH90. The aircraft NH90 NNWN01 prototype was manned by Finmeccanica Helicopter Division flight test team (Test Pilot Roger Mowbray and Flight Test Engineer Fabrizio Santarossa) and supported by a multi-national, multi-disciplined team from several organisations.

Kromek awarded extension to nuclear detection contract with DARPA

New award extends radiation network detector programme with US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Arnab Basu, CEO of Kromek (Photo Kromek)

Voronezh Aircraft to get first parts of Il-112V light military airlifter in April

Aviastar-SP facility (a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation/UAC) will provide first parts of Il-112V light military-transport plane to Voronezh Aircraft Plant (a subsidiary of UAC) in April 2016, according to the Aviastar-SP`s director general, Sergey Dementiev. 
Voronezh Aircraft will start soon the assembly of the first Il-112V airlifter
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Lockheed Martin to support additional integration of JASSM missile on Poland's F-16 fighter jets

Lockheed Martin recently received a $7.9 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the U.S. Air Force to support additional integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM®) onto the Polish Air Force F-16C/D aircraft. 
USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon firing a JASSM missile
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Algeria received about 120 Berezhok combat modules in 2015

Algeria received about 120 Berezhok (B05Ya01) combate modules for upgrade of BMP-1/2 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute`s (SIPRI) arms transfer database.

BMP-2M equipped with "Berezhok" B05Ya01 manned combat module
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ROK Navy Opens New Naval Base on Jeju Island for KDX-III Aegis Destroyers

The Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) Navy announced it has officially opened its new naval base on the southern resort island of Jeju. Jeju island is strategically located in a sea passage connecting the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan (East Sea) in the northwest Pacific Ocean. According to the ROK Navy, it took the country 23 years and more than 1 trillion won (US$806 million) to complete construction of the base.

Saudi Arabia proposes to arm Syrian rebels with air defense systems to counter Bashar troops.

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has said Syrian rebels should be armed with surface-to-air missiles to “change the balance of power” against Bashar al-Assad. Saudi Arabia has also offer to send ground troops to fight ISIS memebers in Syria, but did not specify whether they would directly battle the regime.
A rebel unit in northwest Syria has constructed its own homemade air defense system which they hope will be able to shoot down aircraft using a rudimentary targeting technique.
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U.S. oks $115 FMS to Jordan for F-16 fighter jet engines support

The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Jordan for repair and return of F-16 Engines, sustainment and support. The estimated cost is $115.1 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) stated on its website yesterday, Feb. 25, 2016. 
A RJAF F-16A Fighting Falcon fighter jet
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Royal Navy and Royal Marines Take Part in NATO Winter Training Exercise Cold Response

Hundreds of UK maritime personnel will take part in a NATO exercise focused on crisis response over the next fortnight. Exercise Cold Response will draw in around 750 personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, along with two warships. It will give the UK and its NATO Allies the opportunity to test crisis response during the demanding winter months. 

Northrop Grumman successfully tests new SYERS-2 sensor on RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS

Northrop Grumman successfully flew a SYERS-2 intelligence gathering sensor on an RQ-4 Global Hawk high altitude long endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS), marking the first time the legacy U.S. Air Force sensor has been demonstrated on a high altitude unmanned aircraft, the company announced yesterday, Feb. 25, 2016. 
A USAF RQ-4 Block 10 Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial System
(Credit: Northrop Grumman)
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Poland resumes talks with Lockheed Martin on MEADS air and missile-defence system

According to Reuters, Poland has resumed  talks with Lockheed Martin regarding the supply of air and missile-defence system, Bartosz Kownacki the deputy defence minister was quoted as saying in comments published on Thursday, February 18.

Lockheed Martin MEADS Medium Extented Air Defense System (Photo Locheed Martin)

Russian Navy Northern Fleet SSBN Submarines to Test Launch Bulava ICBMs Twice in 2016

The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 955 Borei-class nuclear-powered submarines are planned to perform a multiple launch of two Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in 2016, a source in the defense and industrial sector told TASS on Friday.